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Frederik L. Schodt

San Francisco, CA USA

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Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco area. He specializes in currents of thought flowing between Japan and North America, and has written extensively on popular culture, technology, and history. His best known works on manga include Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (1983), Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (1996), and The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution (2007).

He has won numerous awards, including the Asahi Shimbun's Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (special category) in 2000, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Manga Award, Special Category, in 2009. In 2009, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in introducing Japanese popular culture to North America. In 2013, his book, Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan-And Japan to the West, won the Circus Historical Society's Stuart Thayer Prize.

In addition to his original writings, he is an active translator, and has worked on many well-known manga series, as well as novels, including Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam trilogy. Most recently, he has been translating a collection of animator Hayao Miyazaki's writings.

His website is at A more extensive profile can be viewed at His bibliography is at



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Anime Expo 1992 - July 3-6 in San Jose, CA
   Anime America 1993 - June 25-27 in Santa Clara, CA
   Anime Expo 1993 - July 2-4 in Oakland, CA
   FanimeCon 1995 - February 25 in Hayward, CA
   FanimeCon 1996 - February 14 in Los Altos Hills, CA
   Anime America 1996 - July 25-28 in San Jose, CA
   FanimeCon 1997 - March 8 in Los Altos Hills, CA
   Anime North 1998 - August 22-23 in Toronto, ON
   Otakon 1999 - July 2-4 in Baltimore, MD
   FanimeCon 2001 - March 30 - April 1 in Santa Clara, CA
   Otakon 2003 - August 8-10 in Baltimore, MD
   FanimeCon 2004 - May 28-31 in San Jose, CA
   Otakon 2009 - July 17-19 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime at UMSL 2009 - October 3 in St. Louis, MO
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012 - September 28-30 in Atlanta, GA
   Otakon Vegas 2014 - January 3-5 in Las Vegas, NV
   Albacon 2017 - March 31 - April 2 in Albany, NY
   Otakon 2017 - August 11-13 in Washington, DC
18 guest appearances

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